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Black-billed Streamertail

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Photo by Stanley Jones Near the Village of Paba,   Jamaica, November, 2010
Photo by Stanley Jones
Near the Village of Paba, Jamaica, November, 2010
Trochilus scitulus

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[edit] Identification

Male 22–35 cm (8½-13¾ in, including bill 2·2 cm, tail 16–24 cm); Female 10·5 cm (4 in)

  • Black upperparts
  • Mostly lime green underparts
  • Long decurved black bill
  • Long black tail with streamers

[edit] Similar Species

Similar to the Red-billed Streamertail, which has a red bill.

[edit] Distribution

A common endemic to Jamaica, found only in the extreme east of the island, from Port Antonio and the Morant River eastward.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species according to most authorities[2], however, Clements now place it as a subspecies of Red-billed Streamertail Trochilus polytmus scitulus [1].

The Red-billed and Black-billed Streamertails were once considered races of the Streamertail (T. polytmus) as they intergrade in areas of contact.

[edit] Habitat

Wet areas of East Jamaica from sea level to elfin forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of nectar.

[edit] Breeding

They build a cup-shaped nest of fine rootlets and fibres.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)

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